Sunshine Coast Convention Centre officially opens

The $10 million Sunshine Coast Convention Centre at Novotel Twin Waters Resort has been officially opened by Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.

The convention centre has been purpose-built by Shakespeare Property Group, who purchased the Resort late last year for $100 million.

The new-build Sunshine Coast Convention Centre offers a choice of six different meeting and event spaces across 3300 square metres with the new Minyama room catering for 1,500 delegates theatre style, or 1,000 banquet style.

The convention centre has been designed to seamlessly attach to the Wandiny Pavilion, an existing conference space located on the resort site. The Wandiny Pavilion can facilitate up to 1200 delegates theatre style, or 80 exhibition booths (3×2 metres) making it an extremely versatile business events venue and taking the convention centre’s overall capacity to 2700 people.

“This centre has enough capacity to house 200 trade stands at once,” said Jones. “It will be instrumental in securing events the Sunshine Coast has never been able to host in the past.

“I look forward to coming back in November this year when the convention centre will come alive for Queensland’s leading tourism industry event, the DestinationQ Forum, which will again be held alongside the Queensland Tourism Awards.”

Shakespeare Property Group are aiming to increase delegate numbers to the new convention centre by 30 per cent within two years.

“Shakespeare prides itself on being a proactive investor. Our style is to invest, improve and evolve product to ensure we are leading the market,” said Shakespeare Property Group managing director Yak Yong Quek.

The Group have also committed to extensive upgrading of the hotel lobby, food and beverage facilities, with works set to be finished by October,

“This upgrade will not only benefit our guests to the resort, but will create opportunities for the local economy and the community through employment and superior facilities to be enjoyed by all,” said Quek.

Accor chief operating officer Pacific Simon McGrath said they looked forward to continuing their successful partnership with Shakespeare Property Group.

“Accor has strong experience in operating convention centres and premium meeting spaces at home and abroad,” McGrath said.

“We are confident that this new convention facility, supported by our strong network of hotels in Queensland’s South East and beyond, will drive visitor growth to the Sunshine Coast.”